University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Budget Analyst I in Boulder, Colorado

Budget Analyst I

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Job Description

Job Title:Budget Analyst I

Location:Boulder, CO

Type:Full-time, Exempt


No relocation package is offered for this position.

Work Authorization:

U.S. Citizenship, Permanent Residency, or other protected status under 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) is required for this position. UCAR/NCAR will not sponsor a work visa (e.g., J-1, H1-B, etc.) for this position.

Who We Are:

Located in Boulder, Colorado, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is one of the world’s premier scientific institutions, with an internationally recognized staff and research program dedicated to advancing knowledge, providing community-based resources, and building human capacity in the atmospheric and related sciences. NCAR is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and managed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).

What You Will Do:

Provides budgeting, financial management, and analysis to the Lab Administrator in support of the Computational & Information Systems Laboratory (CISL) Director’s Office, UCAR Communications Pool (CP), and Software & Web Engineering Group (SWEG), and NCAR Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) within CISL. Responsible for developing, preparing, analyzing, and administering CP/SWEG budgets, while being cognizant to laboratory and institutional goals and policies.


CISL Administrative Office and NCAR Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) Functions:

  • Develops structure for account keys and sets up new account keys, uses UCAR FinTools (CPM/Cognos) for budget analysis and spending projections, and to monitor accounts for accuracy of expenditures, generating transfers as appropriate. Monitors the accounts for adherence to NCAR/UCAR policies and guidelines. Balances and closes accounts or puts into WRAP status as necessary and at year-end. Uses Excel and FinTools (CPM/Cognos) software to prepare budgets, spreadsheets, reports, graphs, applicable databases and creates ad-hoc templates to meet institutional and divisional assignments and objectives. Oversees reconciling efforts by administrative assistants. Monitors staff charging to accounts. Participates in the CISLAO weekly meetings.

  • Works directly with NWSC Management and NWSC Office Manager to monitor spending and ensure compliance with budget policies and procedures for non-equipment, staff-related, off-site rate account keys for the NWSC. Develops tools for monitoring and planning budgets, oversees the monitoring and tracking expenses and open purchases. Generates monthly reports and prepares salary and expenditure transfer forms as needed. Provide guidance for compliance with applications, regulations, policies and procedures. Interprets priorities. Determines and gathers resources, needed data and ensures timelines are met.

Communications Pool Functions:

  • Leads, in consultation with the Assistant Director of Administration, the Enterprise Systems and Services Division (ESSD) Director and Communications Pool management team, the developing and managing of Indirect Cost Pool budgets and bond financing/capital equipment assets. Uses UCAR FinTools (CPM/Cognos) and CISL database reports for budget analysis and spending projections. Assists in developing and monitoring long-range budgets and annual operating budgets according to targets established by NCAR/CISL and UCAR Communications Pool management. Prepares reports for Assistant Director of Administration and the ESSD Director to consolidate for submission to UCAR F&A, CISL and UCAR/NCAR management. Use robust accounting practices to forecast spending patterns for UCAR Communication Pool and UCAR G&A accounts. Monitors depreciation of capitalized equipment purchased with Renewal and Replacement (RR) funding and bond funding. In collaboration with the Section Managers and Assistant Section Head, develops financial tools and complete “What If” scenarios. Coordinates budget activities with purchasing and property activities within the Communications Pool. Assists with UCAR Proposal submissions and award administration using various online tools such as PandA and NSF FastLane. Works in collaboration with the Assistant Director of Administration and ESSD management team in support of setting strategic budgetary direction and goals.

Assists ESSD Management with the UCAR Communications Pool initiatives such as FISMA, IAM, and OPEX. Creates and monitors budgets and coordinates work plans with Management and other Administrators and Budget Analysts across the organization for these and future initiatives.

Participates on UCAR-wide teams, providing advice and written documentation on financial and reporting technologies and testing of new technologies.

What You Need:

Education and Years of Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant academic discipline, plus two years related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience which qualifies the individual to perform the duties as described.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability and willingness to travel to the NWSC facility on a regular basis.

  • Basic skill in budget development and analysis, cost control and development of relevant statistics.

  • General knowledge and understanding of OMB circulars and UCAR policies and procedures related to budgets and indirect costs.

  • General knowledge of government contract/agreement requirements, policies and procedures.

  • Ability to work effectively and accurately under strict deadlines while completing multiple tasks with great attention to detail.

  • Basic skill in documenting budget information in a clear and understandable manner.

  • Skill in intermediate math including ratios and proportions, means, medians, algebra, percentages, fractions, graphs, trend analysis, discounts, compound interest.

  • Understanding of accounting principles.

  • Advanced skill in the use of word processing, spreadsheet, and database computer applications. Knowledge of formulas, pivot tables, and graphing as they relate to spreadsheets.

  • General knowledge and ability to interpret and apply policies and procedures.

  • Ability to work within an individual and team environment at the Boulder and Wyoming locations.

  • Effective oral and written communication skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and ability to maintain confidentiality.

  • Basic sdvanced dNSF Special proposals.planninkills using online financial systems such as UCAR IFAS, CPM and Cognos or other reporting tools.

  • Basic skill in planning, implementation and evaluation of projects.

  • Ability to plan and implement effective techniques to achieve organizational goals.

  • Computer literacy in a networked environment.

What’s In It for You:

  • Compensation

  • PTO

  • Paid Holidays

  • Tuition Reimbursement

  • Benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision)

  • Retirement Plan

  • And more!

EEO/AAP Statement:

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer that strives to develop and maintain a diverse workforce. UCAR is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy.

Whatever your intersection of identities, you are welcome at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). We are committed to inclusivity and promoting an equitable environment that values and respects the uniqueness of all members of our organization.

Job Location

Boulder, Colorado, United States

Position Type


Appointment Type

Regular, Full-Time (R1)